Sea Stork's-bill - Erodium maritimum


    Unlike Erodium cicutarium, this species has undivided leaves. The flowers are pink in colour, but according to Stace it usually doesn't have petals and sometimes doesn't have a stem either. 

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    Dunes & dune slacks, short turf and dry, sandy places.

    When to see it

    In flower May to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    It has a mainly western distribution being mostly found round the coasts of Wales, Cornwall and Devon.

    VC55 Status

    The record in 2019 from Moira is only the second for Leicestershire and Rutland and the first since 1978.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map